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02 Feb 2016
Another draw at the Riazor and a new disappointment for Depor; the Galicians were better and deserved more in a game marked by the error of Manu and a new penalty not conceded by the referee.

Coach Víctor Sánchez presented the expected 4-4-2 formation. It was the same of the past weekend with the only novelty of Manu Fernández at the goal. Juanfran Moreno covered the right side of the defense, Fernando Navarro performed on the left, with Alejandro Arribas and Sidnei Rechel been the centre-backs.

Álex Bergantiños and Pedro Mosquera were the centre midfielders, Cani was the right winger, Fayçal Fajr attacked from the left flank, then Lucas Pérez and Luis Alberto were the centre forwards.

At Rayo Vallecano, Paco Jémez left Javi Guerra on the bench, so Venezuelan Nicolás Ladislao Fedor ‘Miku’, despite been linked with an immediate exit in the winter window, was the centre forward. The other offensive references of the team were Bebé, Pablo Hernández and Jozabed Sánchez.

Entertaining first part, with both Depor and Rayo Vallecano playing a fast game, without too many shots, but with three goals. The half will be remembered by the big error of Manu that cost the second goal and the polemic call of the referee that didn’t concede a penalty to Lucas.

It was a fast start, both sides were trying to have ball and launch quick counterattacks, but nothing happened within the first five minutes, just a shot by Pablo Hernández that missed the target. And suddenly the visitors scored the first goal.

The goal was a counterattack on the left with Quini making the run to enter the area and release a short and low cross that Miku found at the box to push the ball in. It was only the first opportunity in the game and Depor started to push for the equalizer.

It was close to arrive with a strong shot by Luis Alberto that visiting goalie Juan Carlos hardly cleared to corner-kick (11’). Three minutes later Pablo Hernández fired from the edge of the area and Manu made the save.

Then Deportivo found the equalizer, it was the typical counterattack for Depor with Mosquera assisting Luis Alberto and later the Andalusian drilled a great pass into the path of Lucas Pérez, who entered the area by the left side to score from close range. It's his 14th goal on the season.

The joy only lasted three minutes because Manu committed a huge error trying to clear the ball at his area, instead he assisted Miku, who passed the ball to Jozabed and the midfielder scored from close range.

Since the second goal Depor became a hurried team, too desperate to reach the rival’s area and the game was now an exchange of blows as Rayo were also releasing dangerous counterattacks. At minute 32, Lucas was entering the area by the left side and fell down before the pressure of Ze Castro, but no penalty was given.

Three minutes later Fajr collected the ball after a great pass by Lucas, but his crossed shot went wide. That was the last clear chance for Depor in this half, in the remaining fifteen minutes the Galician team pushed, but it didn’t find the way to complete the plays with shots on target.

One of the better starts for Depor in recent decades, the team corrected the errors of the first half in only five minutes, but it missed to score the winning goal. Rayo improved later, but Depor continued to have the best opportunities.

Furious start for Deportivo, in just five minutes the team had four clear approximations. The first came after only 25 seconds with Cani firing from close range and Juan Carlos made a great save, but 13 seconds later Depor scored the equalizer with a marvelous curved shot by Fajr, his third goal on the season.

Then the show of Luis Alberto started, first a doubtful offside was whistled when he was heading alone before the goal (50’). Only one minute later Lucas made a great play on the left wing and drilled the ball into the path of the Andalusian, who fired and hit the far post of Juan Carlos. Four clear chances in only five minutes.

Paco Jémez didn’t like what he was watching and made quick changes with Baena entering to join the battle at midfield and later switching the draw into a 4-4-2 with Javi Guerra in, it was a clear beat for the direct game.

The game lowered the pace after a collision between Llorente and Lucas and the next chance to score was a long-distance shot by Cani that almost ended in goal (63’). Depor started to lose the impulse and Víctor only made one change as Jonathan replaced Cani.

Rayo improved with the passage of the minutes and starter to have the ball, but it didn’t manage to create a scoring chance, just a clearance of Mosquera when Javi Guerra was about to score (71’). Still, Depor had the last chance to score in a corner-kick in which Fajr assisted Luis Alberto, but the striker missed the target firing from the box (83’).

Referee Vicandi Garrido had a soft game, beyond the penalty that wasn’t conceded, there were a couple of clear fouls in which he didn’t whistle anything and ended the game without showing any card despite Rayo’s players wasted almost two minutes during the stoppage time to throw a free-kick.

More of the same. Depor dropped two points after been unable to capitalize the furious start of the second half that wiped off the errors of the first half. Manu committed an important mistake, while Lucas continues to score goals.

Depor remain 9th at the standings, losing the track of the European places but far from the relegation zone. On Saturday the team visit Sporting Gijón (Molinón, 22h05 CET).

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Manu – Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro – Cani (Jonathan 73’), Álex Bergantiños, Mosquera, Fajr – Lucas, Luis Alberto.
Rayo Vallecano: (4-2-3-1) Juan Carlos – Quini, Tito, Zé Castro, Nacho (Baena 54’) – Llorente, Trashorras (Javi Guerra 58’) – Bebé, Jozabed, Pablo Hernández (Piti 70’) – Miku.
Goals: 0-1: (8’) Miku, 1-1: (19’) Lucas, 1-2: (23’) Jozabed, 2-2: (46’) Fajr
Referee: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido. No cards were shown.
Venue: Riazor (19,055)
Other statistics: Ball possession (52% - 48%); Attempts to score (9 – 4); Total shots (17 - 7); Shots on target (5 - 3); Saves by the keepers (1- 3); Corner-kicks (5 - 3); Offsides (3 - 4); Fouls committed (6 - 15); Passing accuracy (68% - 67%)




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